Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

ACLU seeks release of federal prison inmates where 5 died

Apr. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

A class-action lawsuit filed Monday seeks the release of hundreds of high-risk inmates at a federal lockup in Louisiana where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of five prisoners and infected nearly two dozen others. The American Civil Liberties Union claims Attorney General William Barr did not go far enough...

Judge for now won't release immigrants with high virus risks

Apr. 4, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge declined to order the release of two people from immigration detention facilities in Maryland after their lawyers argued that they are at a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection. But U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said he would...

Hikers take advantage of the nice weather as they walk down the Tower Trail at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Conn., on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.( Aaron Flaum/Record-Journal via AP)

Lamont plan for COVID-19 nursing homes includes extra cash

Apr. 3, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday publicly announced financial incentives for Connecticut nursing homes that agree to house only COVID-19 positive residents, a move aimed at preventing the system from being overwhelmed by the outbreak. The details of the additional funds — $600...

Judge in Maryland weighs release of 2 detained immigrants

Apr. 2, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Immigrants’ rights advocates on Thursday urged a federal judge to order the release of two people from Maryland immigration detention facilities, saying their medical conditions carry a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection. U.S. District Judge...

Amid litigation, milestone hit in ER boarding crisis

Apr. 2, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire accomplished a major mental health care milestone last week when for the first time in eight years, no one was waiting in a hospital emergency room for an inpatient psychiatric bed. But a key issue in the state’s long-running emergency department boarding crisis...

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

ACLU: Indiana virus directive should not restrict abortions

Apr. 1, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb's directive calling for all Indiana health care facilities to cancel or postpone non-urgent surgical procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic should not restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday March 16, 2020. Justice declared a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Justice admits travel order may be unconstitutional

Mar. 31, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday acknowledged that his directive to have police monitor roads and check in on travelers from coronavirus hotspots might be unconstitutional but he said it will continue for safety reasons. Justice has issued an executive order mandating...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, right, speaks on the first case of the coronavirus in North Dakota, during a news conference held with officials with the state health department in Bismarck, N.D. Gov. Listening at left are Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.  Burgum gave a sobering message Thursday, March 26, to people who are complaining that some of the counties identified with patients who have contracted the coronavirus aren't accurate: COVID-19 is coming to your county. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

North Dakota groups want evictions, foreclosures blocked

Mar. 30, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several groups urged North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday to block evictions and foreclosures to protect those suffering economic hardship caused by COVID-19. The request from groups that include the North Dakota Farmers Union and the American Civil Liberties Union comes as the...

ICE releases 2 detainees for health concerns

Mar. 28, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released two immigration detainees from a facility in Massachusetts following a lawsuit that was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and immigration attorneys. A petition was filed Wednesday for the release of the two...